Money & Your Health

So saving money is all the rage right now, right?  Ok, well, I wouldn’t say rage, but it’s in.  People are trying to pay off their debt fast so they can live a more free life.  I’m included in that group of people.  So how do you do it, but still have some fun?  Here are five ways to save money, but still have some fun that’s good for your health!

1. Go take a hike

Now, I’m not trying to be rude, but taking a hike is one of the best things you can do for your health and in most places, it’s free!  I live in New England and there are TONS of state parks that I can go for a hike in the forest.  One of my favorite things to do is go to New Hampshire or Maine where there’s a ton of fresh air and I can ultimately be one with the forest.  I pack a lunch, bring water and just go.  It helps clear your mind and it’s free.  Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera too…you’re going to want those pictures later.

2. Grab a page turner and hit the beach

If you’re not a reader, this one might not be for you.  Reading a good book is a great way to dive into another world and escape for awhile.  Whether you’re into mystery, romance or even non-fiction, reading a good book can be great for your mind and for your soul.  If you can’t afford to buy the new best seller, hit up your local library or find some friends to do a book swap with.  It’s fun, you educate yourself and keep your mind working.

3. Create your vision board

If you’ve got something you’re wishing and hoping for, put it out for display!  Grab a piece of poster board or a piece of cardboard from the most recent shipment that arrived at your house and start plastering it with pictures of the dream(s) you have.  You can even decorate it with paint, stickers, glitter…it can be as big as you imagine.  You can get the pictures from magazines you have lying around, printing them from Pinterest and even drawings that you create!  When you’re done, hang it on a wall in your house that you’ll see everyday.  It will give you something beautiful to look at it and motivation to save money.

4. Drop those coins

When you were in your college days, or maybe you are in your college days now, do you remember that big Coca-Cola bottle that you’d use to save the extra coins you had lying around?  Yup, even I had one.  Now I use a much prettier ceramic jar to save that extra money.  You can even use a mason jar and decorate it with stickers.  If it’s pennies or quarters, money is money.  This idea kind of goes along with #3.  If you’ve got something in mind that you want, you’ve gotta save for it, right?  It could be the new yoga mat you’ve been eyeing, a trip to Bali or even the new course on confidence to help you get out of your shell.  Whatever it is, this is a great way to help you get and stay motivated so you can reach the goal you have in mind.

5. Hook up with your local townies

In today’s day and age, almost all towns have some presence on social media.  My town has a Facebook group where business owners and townies advertise things that are going on.  It’s anything from yard sales to concerts at the town hall to fundraisers for the town sports teams.  By getting involved with your town, you’ll be able to meet your fellow neighbors and hear about some awesome free events.  Imagine going to the local park with your partner to hear some cool jazz and getting to dance with your shoes off?  Sounds fun, right?  Burning calories and having fun with your neighbors is a win-win!

So out of all these ideas, which will you try first?  Saving money (or spending less) is not only good for your wallet but also good for your heart and soul.  You’ll get to do more with less and enjoy a happy, healthy life.

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